Alexander Okere, Benin
The Appeal Court sitting in Benin, Edo State has reserved ruling on the bail application of a police corporal, Adeleke Adedeji, in the alleged killing of one Benson Obode.
The late Obode was allegedly murdered in May, 2015 by Adedeji and four others, after he was arrested for an alleged car theft.
The other suspects had been identified as Corporals Abena John, Oniyo Musa, Henry Shobowale and Constable Joseph Omotosho.
They were arraigned on seven counts bordering on murder and stealing before a Federal High Court, where the matter was being heard.
The counsel to the appellant, Matthew Oghogho, had urged the court to grant his client bail to enable him to seek medical attention.
Oghogho said on Monday that several bail applications earlier made to the court had been turned down.
He also assured the court that the accused would not jump bail.
But the bail application was opposed by the counsel to the deceased, Charity Ebosele.
Ebosele told the court to disregard the appellant’s claim of ill-health, describing several applications filed by the accused person as attempts to frustrate the process of getting justice.
After listening to their arguments, the presiding judge, Justice J.O Bada, advised them not to be overwhelmed by emotions.
While urging the parties to handle the matter professionally, Bada reserved ruling till further notice.
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